AWR published a new application note. The article explains how to complement Microwave Office circuit design software with National Instrument’s Multisim circuit simulation software and Ultiboard printed circuit board (PCB) layout software for a comprehensive design flow spanning from DC to microwave frequencies. The title of the technical paper is Multisim/Ultiboard for Low-Frequency Simulation and Layout.
AWR published an application note about the features of Analyst EM Simulator for chip-module-board transitions. The technical paper highlights the features of AWR’s 3D finite element method (FEM) EM simulator by demonstrating the optimization of the transition from a board-to-chip signal path. The article shows how the ability to access Analyst seamlessly from within the Microwave Office environment saves time by eliminating not only the need for the design to be drawn and/or redrawn, but also by providing ready access to additional and powerful features of a circuit design tool such as tuning and optimization.
AWR published a white paper about correctly predicting cellular, radar, or satellite RF link performance early in the design cycle. The article highlights the advantages of using Visual System Simulator (VSS) RF system simulation software for detailed insight into the full performance of an RF link in next-generation wireless products. The title of the technical paper is: Understanding and Correctly Predicting Critical Metrics for Wireless RF Links.
AWR released version 10.04 of AWR Design Environment. AWR V10.04 includes many new features and enhancements to Microwave Office/Analog Office circuit design software and Visual System Simulator (VSS) system design software, as well as AXIEM 3D planar electromagnetic (EM) software and Analyst 3D finite element method (FEM) EM software. AWR V10.04 is available now.
AWR launched Analyst, which is a parallelized 3D finite element method (FEM) electromagnetic (EM) simulation and analysis software. It is seamlessly and fully integrated within the AWR Design Environment. Analyst lets you move from circuit concept to full 3D EM verification with a single mouse click. With 3D EM and circuit analysis in one integrated workflow, engineers can spend their time designing and optimizing for performance.
AWR Corporation, National Instruments and ICON Design Automation will conduct three seminars on high-frequency design. The seminars will include application centric talks and demonstration of AWR’s 2011 software platform, including Microwave Office high-frequency circuit design software, AXIEM 3D planar electromagnetic (EM) analysis software, and Visual System Simulator (VSS) system simulation software. The seminars will take January 17, 18 and 19, 2012 in India.
AWR recently published a white paper about the benefits of co-simulation. The title of the white paper is: An Electrical-Thermal MMIC Design Flow. The technical paper uses an actual design example to discuss the effectiveness of co-simulation between AWR’s Microwave Office high-frequency design software and CapeSym’s SYMMIC thermal analysis tool. An X-band RF power amplifier/low-noise amplifier MMIC for a transceiver application was designed in Microwave Office software and thermal coupling and other issues between the two circuits on the single die were quickly remedied with SYMMIC to produce optimum results.
AWR has a new application note that explains how EDA tool integration benefits designers of circuits for 3G and 4G wireless systems. The app note describes the benefits of using AWR’s Microwave Office and Visual System Simulator (VSS) high-frequency design software with National Instruments’ LabVIEW signal processing software and virtual instruments. The title of the paper is Using LabVIEW in the AWR Design Environment To Design Complex Circuits for Wireless Applications.
AWR published a new application note about the synthesis and design of complex filters. The app note uses a hairpin bandpass filter to illustrate how AWR’s iFilter synthesis software in conjunction with Microwave Office high-frequency design software and AXIEM 3D planar electromagnetic (EM) solver can help designers create filters that conform to specific manufacturing constraints and costs. The title of the paper is Synthesizing and Optimizing a Hairpin Bandpass Filter with AWR Tools.
National Instruments is acquiring AWR for about $58 million, which includes $7 million in cash. The existing AWR management team will continue to lead the company in their current roles, and AWR will operate as a wholly owned NI subsidiary developing and selling RF design software. AWR is a supplier of electronic design automation (EDA) software for designing RF and high-frequency components and systems for the semiconductor, aerospace and defense, communications and test equipment industries.